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How to Apply for the Rising Star Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Rising Star Class of 2018. The Rising Star Class of 2018 is open to eligible high school students graduating in 2018.

If you complete a Dallas County Promise Pledge form at a participating high school between Oct. 1, 2017, and Jan. 31, 2018, you will be automatically considered for Rising Star and will be notified that you are eligible.

Otherwise, you can follow these steps to apply:

  1. Complete the admissions application online, by mail or fax, or in person.
  2. Complete a Rising Star application online (eConnect - login required). Contact the Rising Star Office to ask about any additional paperwork that you may need to finish for your application.
  3. Request a current, official high school transcript from your high school registrar or counselor and submit it to the Admissions/Registrar's Office. Your final, official transcript after graduation will be required as evidence that you have completed the requirements for high school graduation.
  4. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can submit the FAFSA beginning Oct. 1 of your senior year in high school.

    Or, if you are an undocumented student and are not eligible for federal aid, print a copy of the FAFSA application and submit it with your family income information to the Financial Aid Office.
  5. After you have completed the first four steps listed above, schedule a visit with the Rising Star advisor at your college to review the records and to make sure that you have submitted (and the college has received) all of the documents that are required to complete your application.

You're on your way ... apply today!